Before I decided to jump on my Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon Spacemaster Orbital, I had to check out all the fees for servicing the watch.
I went to the official Ball service center, and was quoted the following prices in Ringgit Malaysia (RM).
Exchange Rate: USD$1.00 = RM3.20
Tritium Tube Replacement: RM35 per Tritium Tube
Polishing (Metal Strap): RM350
I was told, people usually replace their tubes after 10-15 years, because it won't be as bright as it initially was ... Half-life of Tritium is believed to be at 12 years ...
For now, my watch has 52 tubes, and the cost to replace all is 52*RM35 = RM1820 (approx. USD$570) ... with servicing and polishing ... over USD$1000+ ... Wouldn't it be better to purchase a brand new watch?
Warranty states watch comes with 5 years warranty, tritium tubes with 10 years warranty (if they fail to illuminate) ... I'm not very sure what does the 5 years warranty cover ... accuracy of time? Etc ... How often does these watches need servicing?
Any inputs on these?
And usually, to replace the whole watch's tritium tubes, they'd just replace the whole dial, hour/minute/second hands, etc., and according to the service center, they do not have pricing on my model yet, as it is still too new.
May I ask, how often would you guys recommend replacing the tritium tubes?